Samuel L. Jackson to play retired hitman in upcoming action movie

Samuel L. Jackson has signed up to play a retired hitman in an upcoming action movie.The 71-year-old will star as Morris Stokes, the trusted former enforcer for mob boss Easy-A, who is forced to come out of retirement when his nephew gets involved with…

Samuel L. Jackson has signed up to play a retired hitman in an upcoming action movie.

The 71-year-old will star as Morris Stokes, the trusted former enforcer for mob boss Easy-A, who is forced to come out of retirement when his nephew gets involved with the gangsters.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are onboard to helm the flick, which will be produced by The Predator franchise’s John Davis, according to Deadline.

And Jackson will be reuniting with scriptwriter Matthew Stone, who co-wrote his 2008 comedy Soul Men, in which he played one half of a bickering singing duo, alongside the late Bernie Mac.

The Oscar nominee, who recently starred as Nick Fury in the Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, has a busy year ahead of him, with projects including the upcoming Saw re-imagining, Spiral.

Chris Rock wrote, executive produced, and stars in the thriller, which follows a pair of detectives who investigate a killer who is targeting police officers. Max Minghella also stars alongside Rock and Jackson.

The Pulp Fiction star has also reprised his role as hitman Darius Kincaid for The Hitman’s Bodyguard sequel, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, with Ryan Reynolds, Salma Hayek, and Richard E. Grant. It will be in cinemas from August.

He’ll also be in the historical drama The Banker, starring Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long, which will premiere on Apple TV+ in March.

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Captain Marvel sequel officially in the works

The sequel to Captain Marvel is officially in development at Marvel Studios.Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in last year’s comic book movie, which followed the story of a military pilot who becomes the extraterrestrial warrior. C…

The sequel to Captain Marvel is officially in development at Marvel Studios.

Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson played Carol Danvers in last year’s comic book movie, which followed the story of a military pilot who becomes the extraterrestrial warrior.

Captain Marvel, which also starred Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Annette Bening, Ben Mendelsohn and Djimon Hounsou, raked in more than $1 billion (£761 million) at the worldwide box office, and its huge success has now spawned a sequel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel executives have tapped Megan McDonnell to write the script and she is in final negotiations to seal her deal.

The action will reportedly shift from the 1990s to the present day and Marvel bosses are eyeing a 2022 release date.

McDonnell is also part of the writing team for the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, which was recently bumped up from a 2021 release date and will now be on the streaming service later this year.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck co-directed Captain Marvel and it has been reported that they won’t return for the follow-up. They wrote the original script with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman, and Meg LeFauve.

Larson, who last appeared as Captain Marvel in the huge ensemble blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, has yet to comment on the news.

Back in December, she played down rumours of a sequel and told Variety that she was just looking forward to time off from the extensive press tours surrounding the Marvel movies.

“I don’t really know what job I’m going to do next, which is very exciting,” she said. “I don’t even know what my life’s gonna be!”

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The Banker cast and crew stand by film and its ‘positive message of empowerment’

Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie have defended the content of their stalled film The Banker following sexual molestation allegations made against a co-producer.Apple bosses pulled The Banker from closing the AFI Fest in Los Angeles last month and s…

Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie have defended the content of their stalled film The Banker following sexual molestation allegations made against a co-producer.

Apple bosses pulled The Banker from closing the AFI Fest in Los Angeles last month and subsequently scrapped the movie’s December cinema release amid an investigation surrounding Bernard Garrett Jr., the son of pioneering African-American banker Bernard Garrett, who is portrayed onscreen by Mackie.

Garrett Jr. has been accused of assaulting his half-sisters Cynthia and Sheila Garrett in the early 1970s, when he was a teen, but he has staunchly denied the claims, insisting it “simply never happened”.

The scandal cost him a co-producer credit on The Banker and left the film in limbo.

Now, the cast and crew of the project, including director George Nolfi and stars Mackie, Jackson, Nicholas Hoult, and Nia Long, have all signed a statement expressing their support for the movie and its “positive message of empowerment”.

“We set out to tell a story we were very passionate about, recounting the remarkable lives of Bernard Garrett, Sr. and (his partner) Joe Morris, and their ground-breaking achievements combating racial inequality in the 1950s and ’60s,” reads the note. “Though we have no way of knowing what may have transpired between Mr. Garrett’s children in the 1970s, including the allegations of abuse we have recently been made aware of, our hearts go out to anyone who has suffered.

“The film itself is not based on the recollections of any of Bernard Garrett, Sr.’s children, but rather, on recorded interviews with Bernard Garrett, Sr. himself, conducted in 1995, supported by congressional transcripts, court rulings, and other media articles from the era. We stand by the film, and its positive message of empowerment.”

Garrett Sr. and Morris, played onscreen by Jackson, bought up banks in Texas in the 1950s. They then hired a white man to front the operation while they pretended to be a janitor and a chauffeur.

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Regina King feared she would always be cast as a ‘wife’ in movies

Regina King instigated a change in her career after she kept being offered the role of someone’s wife in movies.The actress fell victim to typecasting following her stellar turn as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character’s wife Marcee Tidwell in the 1996 hit Jerr…

Regina King instigated a change in her career after she kept being offered the role of someone’s wife in movies.

The actress fell victim to typecasting following her stellar turn as Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character’s wife Marcee Tidwell in the 1996 hit Jerry Maguire.

She went on to play Will Smith’s wife in 1998’s Enemy of the State, Eddie Murphy’s significant other in Daddy Day Care in 2003, and Margie Hendrix, partner of Jamie Foxx’s Ray Charles, in the 2004 biopic Ray.

But during an interview on The Graham Norton Show which airs in the U.K. on Friday night, Regina explained that she grew tired of playing the same parts and knew she wanted to start taking on much more complex roles.

“When you get a call asking you to play Samuel L. Jackson’s wife you think, ‘Surely you meant daughter or mistress?’ I love Sam, but that told me it was time to shift,” she explained, refusing to name the movie or character she was offered and turned down.

Regina, who scooped an Oscar earlier this year for her stunning portrayal of a woman seeking justice in If Beale Street Could Talk, also opened up about the sense of relief she felt after her win for Best Supporting Actress.

“It still feels surreal, but I felt so much love in that room. Once you’ve won the pressure is off, and they do have a bar!” the 48-year-old laughed.

Regina is currently appearing as Angela Abar – and her alter-ego Sister Knight – in the critically-acclaimed HBO series Watchmen, which is an adaptation of the bleak, ultra-violent comic.

And while the star is happy doing her own stunts on the show, she’s keen for a double to take over her racy scenes.

“I’ll do some of them, but I have a stunt double to do all the hard stuff because I am not landing on the ground! I do sometimes wish that the double could come in to do some of the sex scenes – that would be awesome!” Regina joked.

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Jon Favreau addresses criticism of Marvel movies

Iron Man director Jon Favreau isn’t offended by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola’s scathing stance on Marvel films, insisting the directors have “earned the right to express their opinions”.Scorsese’s recent comment that superhero blockbusters …

Iron Man director Jon Favreau isn’t offended by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola’s scathing stance on Marvel films, insisting the directors have “earned the right to express their opinions”.

Scorsese’s recent comment that superhero blockbusters are “not cinema” has sparked a fierce debate in filmmaking circles, with Coppola later weighing in and calling them “despicable”.

Now, Favreau, who directed Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and starred as Happy Hogan in six different Marvel films, has weighed in on the controversy.

“These two guys are my heroes, and they have earned the right to express their opinions. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if they didn’t carve the way,” he said in an interview with CNBC. “They served as a source of inspiration, you can go all the way back to (1996 film) Swingers… They can express whatever opinion they like.”

In response to Scorsese and Coppola’s criticism, a host of Marvel alumni have also defended the movies, including stars like Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, and Sebastian Stan.

Elsewhere in the chat, Favreau spoke about how he avoids “superhero fatigue”, as he is not only involved in Marvel movies but is also the executive producer of upcoming Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.

“There’s a lot of forces at work here, as a filmmaker I see it from a different perspective, which is now for big movies with big budgets to help justify the theatregoing experience – going to a movie theatre and paying for that experience – you’re delivering a much different product than you had been, even when I began 20 years ago,” the 53-year-old shared. “You’re selling to a global market, these are stories that the budget demands that they perform on a global scale.

“Two-thirds of most box office returns are coming from Non-North American markets, so it changes the calculus that studios have to consider when they’re greenlighting a film. But on the flip side, you have this fluidity between platforms and so there are films that would have been studios releases that are now being done for streaming services. If you look at it from the perspective of what is available to the consumer, there is a much richer assortment and selection.”

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Samuel L. Jackson responds to Martin Scorsese’s Marvel criticism

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to Martin Scorsese’s scathing criticism of the Marvel superhero movies.In a recent interview, the Oscar-winning director compared the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to theme parks, and said he pitied the li…

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to Martin Scorsese’s scathing criticism of the Marvel superhero movies.

In a recent interview, the Oscar-winning director compared the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to theme parks, and said he pitied the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson for having to compromise their acting abilities to star in them.

Now, Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the MCU, has fired back at The Wolf of Wall Street filmmaker and defended the Marvel movies.

“I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either,” the 70-year-old told Variety. “We happen to, but not everybody (does). There are a lot of Italian-Americans who don’t think he should be making films about them like that… Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.”

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also responded to Scorsese’s statements and expressed his sadness in a series of posts on Twitter.

“Martin Scorsese is one of my five favourite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I’m saddened that he’s now judging my films in the same way,” the 53-year-old wrote. “What I’m saying is I’m not fond of people judging things without actually seeing them, whether it’s a movie about Jesus or a genre.”

Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and Avengers: Endgame, also leapt to the defence of the MCU, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I would absolutely say that Marvel movies are cinema. Cinema is story-telling with visuals.”

The Goodfellas filmmaker sparked outrage last week when he told Empire magazine, “That’s not cinema… Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

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M. Night Shyamalan to write and direct two original movies for Universal

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is set to write and direct two original movies for Universal. Following the success of their recent collaborations – The Visit, Split, and Glass – the filmmaker has signed a new deal with Universal to make two currently unt…

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is set to write and direct two original movies for Universal.

Following the success of their recent collaborations – The Visit, Split, and Glass – the filmmaker has signed a new deal with Universal to make two currently untitled thrillers. The films will be released on 26 February 2021 and 17 February 2023.

“There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films,” Shyamalan said in a statement. “They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience. I am so excited to be working with them again and bringing new stories to the movie screen for years to come.”

When Universal Pictures representatives announced the partnership on Monday, president Peter Cramer heaped praise on The Sixth Sense director’s original vision.

“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” Cramer added. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honoured that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”

Shyamalan, who is known for his supernatural themes and signature plot twists, most recently worked with Universal on Glass, a crossover of his earlier films Unbreakable and Split which starred James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson. It made almost $250 million (£202 million) worldwide from a $20 million (£16 million) budget when it was released earlier this year.

No information about the plots for the new movies was given. However, the 49-year-old will independently finance the projects, much like he did for The Visit, Split, and Glass.

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Matt Dillon tapped to star in Brioni campaign

Matt Dillon is fronting menswear brand Brioni’s fall/winter 2019 campaign.The Hollywood actor has been tapped to star in the Italian label’s latest marking imagery, which has been captured by photographer Gregory Harris. Titled Tailoring Legends, one …

Matt Dillon is fronting menswear brand Brioni’s fall/winter 2019 campaign.

The Hollywood actor has been tapped to star in the Italian label’s latest marking imagery, which has been captured by photographer Gregory Harris.

Titled Tailoring Legends, one of the black-and-white campaign images depicts Dillon looking directly at the camera while standing in a suit and tie, while another shows him glancing sideways while sitting in a chair and sporting a suit and sneakers.

“(The) images highlight the strong personality of the actor who brings his individual sense of style to a selection of the brand’s finest tailoring, ready-to-wear and eveningwear,” a brand representative said in a statement. “Considered one of the most respected actors of his generation, Dillon reinforces the brand’s bond with Hollywood.”

In the photos, Dillon is also seen wearing a trench coat, a smart jacket, as well as a black shirt and blazer combination.

In landing the prestigious gig, the 55-year-old follows in the footsteps of previous campaign stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Anthony Hopkins, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The casting of Dillon continues Brioni’s return to its classic tailoring roots after former creative director, Justin O’Shea, launched a number of edgy ads with heavy rockers Metallica during his six-month stint at the helm in mid-2016.

Known for his versatility and roles in films like My Bodyguard, Crash, and There’s Something About Mary, Dillon most recently appeared onscreen in movies Head Full of Honey, Running for Grace, and The House That Jack Built. He is now working on action-drama Proxima and biographical crime-drama, Fonzo.

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Samuel L. Jackson cast as Chris Rock’s dad in Saw reboot

Samuel L. Jackson has been recruited to portray Chris Rock’s father in the new Saw reboot. The Grown Ups funnyman recently revealed he had been a longtime fan of the gory movies helmed by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, and had been inspired to create a…

Samuel L. Jackson has been recruited to portray Chris Rock’s father in the new Saw reboot.

The Grown Ups funnyman recently revealed he had been a longtime fan of the gory movies helmed by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, and had been inspired to create a re-imagining of the film, originally centred on a serial killer named Jigsaw.

In the as-yet-untitled revamp, which is currently in production, 70-year-old Jackson will play the dad of Rock’s police detective character, who is tasked with solving a series of gruesome crimes.

The Handmaid’s Tale actor Max Minghella has landed the role of Rock’s partner, with actress Marisol Nichols joining the line-up as their boss, Captain Angie Garza.

In a statement announcing the casting news, Lionsgate studio chairman Joe Drake shared: “We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the Saw canon and we can’t wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of Saw on full tilt.”

Filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed three of the previous titles in the franchise, is returning for the reboot, which Rock will co-executive produce alongside Wan and Whannell.

When the project was announced back in May, producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules compared 54-year-old Rock’s take on Saw to Eddie Murphy’s buddy cop movie 48 Hours and promised devotees of the franchise that it would be “an event film in the making for horror fans”.

Comedian and writer Rock, who has been a fan of Saw since it first hit cinemas in 2004, said he was keen to get started on the spin-off.

“I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place,” he told Variety at the time.

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Samuel L. Jackson unconcerned by Spider-Man poster eyepatch error

Samuel L. Jackson is unconcerned by an eyepatch error in some Spider-Man: Far From Home posters.Earlier this week, the Marvel movies regular took to Instagram to share a side-by-side comparison of two separate posters featuring his character Nick Fury,…

Samuel L. Jackson is unconcerned by an eyepatch error in some Spider-Man: Far From Home posters.

Earlier this week, the Marvel movies regular took to Instagram to share a side-by-side comparison of two separate posters featuring his character Nick Fury, in which his signature eyepatch appears on different eyes.

Jackson captioned the images: “Uhhhhhhh, What In The Actual F**K IS GOING ON HERE???!!!,” suggesting “#headsgonroll.”

However, when speaking to reporters from USA Today at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday, he insisted the social media post was made in jest.

“I was like: ‘I haven’t posted anything today, I’ll post this.’ That’s it,” he shared.

Reflecting that fans probably misinterpreted the post because of his use of expletives, he added: “I use that word (f**k) a lot. Always.”

All of the Spider-Man: Far From Home cast turned up for the debut screening, including Tom Holland, who plays the lead role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck/ Mysterio, and Zendaya in the part of Michelle “MJ” Jones. While all of the stars got dressed up for the night, it was Zendaya who captured the attention of photographers, with the 22-year-old rocking a red and black sequin backless gown from Armani Prive. She opted to accessorise with black stilettos from Christian Louboutin and had her freshly dyed dark red locks styled straight.

“If she was Spider-Man this would be her suit….. wearing Armani Prive @armani and @louboutinworld,” Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach wrote alongside a snap of the actress posing on the red carpet.

Spider-Man: Far From Home, which also features Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Marisa Tomei, is set to hit cinemas on 2 July.

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